Daily News: December 4, 2013

Huntington’s Remiker Promoted to Lead Commercial Banking

Huntington Bancshares announced a reorganization among its executive leadership to drive the bank’s ongoing growth and leverage the knowledge of its highly experienced team. Three of its successful leaders will take on new responsibilities and a fourth long-term executive has chosen to retire.

Jim Dunlap, who has led the growth of Huntington’s commercial and regional banking segments, will now head the bank’s wealth and government banking group. He will also continue to serve as Huntington’s lead executive in Michigan, where Huntington has played a role in helping the state to recover. Huntington’s regional presidents will continue to report to Dunlap.

Rick Remiker has been promoted and will replace Dunlap as the lead commercial banking executive. He successfully launched Huntington’s specialty banking, which includes equipment finance, health care, energy, international and food and agriculture banking.

“Rick has a proven ability to drive commercial growth and will help us to build on the solid foundation we now have in the commercial segment,” said Steve Steinour, Huntington chairman, president and CEO.

Dunlap has more than 30 years of broad banking experience and a consistent track record of delivering strong results. He will replace Dan Benhase who has decided to retire in 2014. Benhase will remain with the bank through the transition.

“Jim’s broad experience positions him well to drive improved profitability and deepen relationships within the highly competitive wealth and government banking industries,” said Steinour. “Jim has played a key role in the success of our commercial and regional teams as well as our strategies for investment and expansion in Michigan.

“During his 13-year tenure with Huntington, Dan led the successful development of the wealth group,” added Steinour. “He also took on additional responsibilities and successfully managed our home lending division during a challenging time in the market.”

As part of the reorganization, Huntington’s mortgage business will now report to Paul Heller, chief technology and operations officer. By moving the business to technology and operations, the bank can leverage its digital and technological investments to better serve customers and shareholders.

“Paul is an exceptionally talented leader,” added Steinour. “He has made a big impact in Huntington’s technology and operations and will further leverage technology in our home lending division.”